Stenhousemuir 1 Montrose 0
After a largely non-eventful first half, we were unable to capitalise on having the better of the second period with the home side more clinical in front of goal.
The strong wind and a low sun made conditions difficult from the off and it took 15 mins before any sort of chance was created when a quick Dillon Free kick found Webster whose driven cross was cleared.
Minutes later the Warriors had their first sight of goal when Webster tried to run the ball out but McGuigan kept it in and played in Cook who squaffed his effort wide.
On the half hour Cook fired in from 25 yards, which had to be watched carefully by Fleming in the low sun.
Campbell’s dead ball delivery was again to a very high standard and from his corner McLean’s glancing header was deflected for another corner from which Milne’s cross found Webster who out jumped the keeper but his effort was headed off the line by McGuigan.
With conditions continuing to play a part, a poor clearance from Fleming fell to Cook who tried his luck with a wind assisted shot from the half way line but it drifted just over.
Just before the break a great pass from Watson found Harrington whose cross to the far post was met by Webster’s head which went just wide.
Stenny started the second half brightly and created the best chance of the game when a ball into the box landed at McGuigan’s feet. The big striker quickly tee’ed up Cook whose shot beat Fleming but Bolochoweckyj cleared the danger.
We then had our best spell of the game with new signing McLean creating three good chances in quick succession.
First, a quick Campbell free kick found McLean inside the area and after out muscling Reid, from a tight angle he fired straight at Smith. Webster was next to supply the big striker, slipping in a neat ball and this time McLean held off
Marsh before turning and letting fly with Smith blocking well at close range.
Minutes later a chip from Milne again found McLean in the box and his neat touch, turn and shot went just wide.
At this point it looked like it was only a matter of time before the vital breakthrough would be made and a Campbell free kick from inside our own half created another chance when it caught out the Stenny back line and fell to Bolochoweckyj at the far post but the defender was unable to keep his shot down.
Breadner came off the bench for the home side and made an immediate impact when a clearance from a free kick fell to him 30 yards out and without hesitation he powered a drive goal-ward that ruffled the top of the net.
We responded by coming close from yet another Campbell free kick, that again found a stretching Bolochoweckyj at the far post whose ball back across the face was cleared.
With 20 mins to play, we payed the ultimate price when a long ball up to McGuigan was well controlled and when he laid it in to the path of Hurst his powerful angled drive beat Fleming.
Minutes later the Warriors were almost out of sight when McGuigan rose to meet a Cook chip but his header, despite looping over Fleming came back off the bar.
We peppered the Stenny box with crosses in the minutes that remained, but without creating any more clear cut chances against a team that defended for their lives.
Next week it’s another Angus Derby as we welcome Forfar Athletic, C’Mon the Mighty Mo!!!
Team Lineups & Stats
Saturday 9th February 2019
||7||Graham Webster (s75)
|6||Mark Ferry (c)
|9||Mark McGuigan (s90+4)
||20||Chris Antoniazzi (s65)
|15||Thomas Halleran (s61)
||8||Paul Watson (c) (s74)
|16||Sean Dickson (s61)
|17||Lewis McMinn (GK)
||23||Euan Henderson (s65)
|7||Kieran Gibbons (s90+4)
||9||Martin Rennie (s75)
|24||Greg Hurst (s61)||2||Terry Masson (s74)|
|12||Cameron Breadner (s61)||17||Jamie Redman|
Andy Milne, Colin Drummond
Stenhousemuir - Greg Hurst (68)
Stenhousemuir - Andy Munro (15), Alan Cook (72), Ruaridh Donaldson (85)
Montrose - Russell McLean (45+1), Patrick Cregg (89)